Like for Like – 5 films like Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary you must watch

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 24, 2022

This article discusses 5 films like the Netflix documentary film Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary you must watch.

Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary is now streaming on Netflix. The short documentary special explores the origins and backgrounds of the various creatures in the 2021 animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Here are five films and/or documentaries related to monsters, animation, and behind-the-scenes exploration.

Like for Like – 5 films like Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary you must watch

The Witcher: Bestiary Part 1 and 2

If you enjoyed learning the very real mythologies and histories of the monsters in Nightmare of the Wolf, then you will definitely have a good time with Part 1 and 2 of The Witcher: Bestiary, which explores the creatures in the first season of the hit Netflix show. From the Kikimora having roots in Slavic folklore to the Striga being an amalgam of different vampiric traits, Bestiary is an interesting, if ultimately surface-level, documentary.      

Making the Witcher (2020)

If you like The Witcher enough to watch a documentary about the creatures in an animated spin-off film, then I think it’s safe to assume you would be interested in how the show was actually conceived and produced, which is exactly what Making the Witcher explores. It’s unfortunately not as in-depth as some might want, but it’s one of the better-produced behind-the-scenes documentaries out there. And if you enjoy this documentary, there is also The Witcher: Making of Season 2. Netflix is really squeezing every drop of content it can from The Witcher franchise.

Monsters Among Us (2015

Maybe you’re not that big of a Witcher fan, maybe you just really like learning about how myths and legends that are hundreds of years old develop and morph into pop-culture versions of themselves. The documentary series Monsters Among Us (available for purchase on Prime Video) provides a more detailed and insightful look into monsters and the lore surrounding them.   

Beowulf (2007)

The combination of monsters and action with fluid, beautiful animation is an understandably appealing mix, and the 2007 Robert Zemeckis film Beowulf provides this mix. Also, most modern stories of monsters and men battling monsters can be traced back to the original epic poem Beowulf.  

9 (2009)

Underrated and largely-overlooked, the 2009 film 9, starring Elijah Wood, provides that all-too rare combination of monsters, action, and animation in a dark, adult film.   

Do you have any other recommendations for films like Nightmare of the Wolf: Bestiary? Let us know!

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